Local hire: Senior Environmental Specialist

Kyiv, , UA

Background / General description:

Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2016, the World Bank Group committed nearly $64.2 billion in loans, grants, equity investments, and guarantees to its members and private businesses. The Bank’s Board approved approximately $45.9 billion in financial assistance, comprising about $29.7 billion in IBRD lending and about $16.2 billion in IDA support.
The institution is governed by 189 member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with more than 10,000 staff located globally. The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions, and fourteen Global Practices (GPs) as well as five Cross-Cutting Solution (CCSAs) Areas to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.

The 14 GPs are: Agriculture; Education; Energy and Extractives; Environment and Natural Resources; Finance and Markets; Governance; Health, Nutrition and Population; Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management; Poverty; Social Protection and Labor; Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience; Trade and Competitiveness; Transport and ICT; and Water. The 5 CCSAs are: Climate Change; Fragility, Conflict and Violence; Gender; Jobs; and Public-Private Partnerships. The Global Practices and the Cross-Cutting Solution Areas, in concert with the WBG’s six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, design solutions that address clients’ most pressing developmental challenges, and ultimately, enable the WBG to achieve its twin goals by 2030: (1) End extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day to no more than 3%; and (2) Promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country

Sustainable environment and natural resources management (ENRM) is at the heart of the WBG’s poverty agenda. Biodiversity and natural resources constitute the social safety net of the poor, representing a food bank and often their only source of livelihood. Sustainable ENRM promotes a green, clean, and resilient world where natural resources – from forests to fisheries, freshwater, oceans, coastal zones and ecosystems – are managed to support livelihoods and strong economies.

Sustainable ENRM builds a world better prepared for shocks and global challenges, helping countries limit their exposure to resource scarcity, more-volatile weather patterns, and the long-term consequences of climate change.

The Environment & Natural Resources (ENR) Global Practice has been set-up to deliver on the opportunities, benefits and outcomes offered by enhanced sustainable management of the environment and natural resources. The ENR GP has close to 300 operations under management, representing close to $7 billion, and a growing pipeline of new investments under active development. The practice consists of some 275 staff across the world plus numerous other staff in other Practices and CCSAs who are professionally associated with it.

The ENR Global Practice has three broad and distinct functions:

1.    Provides clients with lending and non-lending services aimed to support the GP’s three core business lines, namely: (i) Forests, Watersheds and Sustainable Landscapes; (ii) Marine, Coastal and Aquatic Resources; and (iii) Pollution Management and Environmental Health. The GP’s activities also include a focus on Clean and Resilient Growth through its work on environmental economics and support to institutional development.
2.    Supports effective environmental risk management and sustainability by managing risk at the project level and creating opportunities to advance sustainable development, in part through the implementation of the Bank’s environmental policies.
3.    Works closely with other sectors, including by leveraging GEF grant financing, to mainstream environmental considerations into their policies, strategies, and operations.


The Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region comprises 30 extremely diverse countries, with a population of nearly 500 million people. Four of our clients in ECA are IDA only and another five are IDA blend countries.  The remaining 21 are IBRD eligible. Although 10 of our clients have joined the EU and seven of these have graduated from IBRD borrowing, most continue to remain active recipients of knowledge and/or lending services. In order to reach the World Bank Group’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty within a generation and boosting shared prosperity, the ECA region’s strategy focuses on two main pillars: (1) competitiveness and shared prosperity through jobs, and (2) environmental, social, and fiscal sustainability, including through climate action. Governance and gender continue to be thematic priorities within interventions of both pillars.

The ECCEE Country Management Unit covers three countries: Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. Of these, Moldova is a blend country, while Belarus and Ukraine are IBRD only. All three countries are at the moment at an economic cross-roads.  

The World Bank Group (WBG) has a variety of programs of lending, analytical work and technical assistance in each country.  In Ukraine, WBG is supporting the people of Ukraine through investment and guarantee operations aimed at improving critical public services, supporting key reforms, and bolstering the private sector. The current IBRD Portfolio comprises eight ongoing projects amounting to US$2.62 billion, with 20.4% disbursed, and a gas guarantee operation (US$500 million) awaiting declaration of effectiveness.

Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year term appointment.

Duties and Accountabilities:

ENR GP is seeking a highly qualified Senior Environmental Specialist who will provide environmental risk management support to World Bank projects, identify new business opportunities in the Europe and Central Asia Region in natural resources management, and provide technical support on forestry and NRM projects beyond risk management, based in the World Bank Country Office in Kiev, Ukraine.

The Senior Environmental Specialist will have the following main tasks and responsibilities:

•    Identifying, reviewing and appraising new Bank investment proposals and ensuring that environmental issues are properly addressed by development of project-specific environmental analysis which may include issues related to environmental assessments,  natural habitats, pest management, forests, safety of dams, projects on international waterways, public consultations, and occupational health and safety;
•    Supervising (implementation support) of Bank operations related to Bank environmental safeguard policies and project-specific environmental requirements;
•    Providing expert guidance to borrowers/clients in the preparation and successful implementation of project environmental assessment instruments/documentation, including Terms of Reference for the preparation of environmental instruments, such as environmental impact/risk assessments, environmental management plans, environmental management frameworks, etc;
•    Providing expert advice to Bank project teams and Bank management with regard to strategies and approaches to effectively and efficiently comply with relevant Bank environmental safeguard operational policies and requirements, and assist in the development of required Bank documentation related to Bank operations;
•    Providing expert advice to Bank project teams with regard to natural resource management projects;
•    Seeking and developing opportunities to improve and integrate sound environmental management and policies in Bank operations, including improving environmental benefits and providing value-added service, and the capacities of relevant local clients and other stakeholders;
•    Identifying and developing new business in ENRM particularly in areas related to natural resources management and forestry;
•    Coordinating and sharing information with Bank staff and consultants providing environmental risk management project support; and
•    Contributing as required to the broader work of ENR GP on improving environmental sustainability.

The specialist should have a specialty in natural resources management, but will also be required as needed to provide a range of technical support to Bank projects and activities, including in the following potential areas:

•    Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA);
•    Environmental Management Plan (EMP);
•    Environmental Management Frameworks;
•    Other forms of environmental assessments/analysis;
•    Environmental risk analysis and management;
•    Occupational health and safety management;
•    Environmental, occupational health, and safety laws, regulations and requirements;
•    Bank environmental safeguard requirements and approaches/strategies for assuring compliance in Bank financed projects;
•    International Best Practices in Environmental Management;
•    Design and implementation of mitigation strategies in areas of risk;
•    Project design in order to improve environmental benefits (positive impacts) and outcomes of the project;
•    Engineering principals, practices, and methods and their application to environmental work;
•    Design, construction, operation, and maintenance of infrastructure in relation to environmental, health and safety management; and  
•    Environmental management and pollution control, including wastewater treatment, hazardous and solid waste, air pollution, environmental monitoring systems, public health impacts, environmental remediation, soil and groundwater investigation and remediation, emergency and contingency planning and response, environmental management systems, and health and safety management systems.

•    A Masters or PhD Degree in natural resources management or forestry preferred, but also environmental sciences, engineering or other relevant discipline;
•    A minimum of eight (8) years of experience in natural resources management or forestry, working with government and communities to implement projects;
A minimum of eight (8) years of full-time relevant experience including the preparation and/or review of project environmental impact assessments, environmental management plans, capacity assessment and institutional strengthening, public consultation plans, health and safety management/plans, emergency/contingency plans, or other related project environmental plans/studies;
•    Knowledge and experience related to environmental impact assessment and management in various sectors, such as water supply and sanitation, energy, transportation, urban development, natural disaster management, agriculture and rural development, health, and education.
•    Understanding of the environmental regulatory and institutional framework in ECA countries, and Pakistan in particular;
•    Knowledge and experience with Bank environmental safeguard policies and procedures (environmental assessments, natural habitats, pest management, forests, physical cultural resources, and safety of dams);
•    Experience in financial institution, preferably World Bank operations;
•    Familiarity with Bank financial instruments, procedures, and business practices;
•    Ability to effectively communicate and provide guidance to Bank and clients’ teams;
•    Proven ability to articulate the development rationale for safeguards and a commitment to implementing the policies in a manner which is both pragmatic but fully respects the intent of the policies;
•    Proven ability to exercise sound judgments in a work environment with tight processing constraints;
•    Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and diplomatic skills, and the ability to effectively negotiate and achieve balanced solutions to complex development problems;
•    Experience with the planning and conduct of training programs for external and internal audiences concerning environmental risk/safeguards management;
•    Excellent writing and communication skills;
•    Fluency in English required; Fluency in local languages would be an advantage; and
•    Knowledge of relevant software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).

•    Integrative Skills
Is able to link all relevant cross-sectoral areas to own work, and understands how they are interrelated. Draws on diverse, cross-sectoral teams to enhance the rigor of advice on cross-cutting and sectoral issues. For operations roles, demonstrates ability to undertake cross-sectoral work, in lending and non-lending operations.
•    Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena
Has ability to translate technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies. Interacts with clients at the policy level, and organizes and manages policy development initiatives in collaboration with other development agencies and donors. Ensures consistency and conformity to Bank standards.
•    Policy Dialogue Skills
Possesses political judgment, diplomatic acumen, and negotiating skills. Applies cross-country development knowledge to discussions with clients and development partners. Is able to anticipate needs and requests in the field and develop/offer relevant tools to clients. Is able to conduct independent policy discussions with representatives of the government and non-government partners on selected policy issues. Able to lead task teams, participate in formal negotiations, and assist government in establishing priorities.
•    Environmental Policy, Strategy and Institutions
Has a solid understanding of the environmental policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations needed to support development and for the success of the project. Knows the client’s strategy and structure, and can assess impact on the project. Can credibly and effectively engage with a range of environmental institutions to support project outcomes. Explains to clients and other stakeholders the risks to the project when environmental laws and regulations are deficient or not enforced. Supports client efforts to address such weaknesses.
•    Environmental Sciences
Has direct experience in the environmental sciences, including deeper experience in at least one area. Has extensive experience with applying this knowledge to projects, studies, and other deliverables. Develops novel approaches to mitigate risk or overcome difficult challenges. Has experience applying this knowledge to policy-related decisions and advice.
•    Lead and Innovate
Encourages and works with others to identify, incubate and implement relevant solutions. Identifies opportunities in changing circumstances and energizes others to continuously improve, using intentional strategies to boost morale, team spirit, and productivity in context of WBG’s values and mission. Helps others to understand problems, client needs and the underlying context.
•    Deliver Results for Clients
Develops and implements solutions that show understanding of how clients and/or own work achieves results that are financially, environmentally and socially sustainable. Shares new insights based on in-depth understanding of the client and recommends solutions for current and future needs of clients. Holds self and team accountable for risk management and outcomes.
•    Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries
Collaborates across organizational boundaries, internally and externally with a sense of mutuality and respect. Consistently engages others in open dialogue, brings out any conflicting viewpoints and incorporates viewpoints into solutions, giving credit where credit is due. Leverages expertise of all team members to ensure successful outcomes. Makes choices and sets priorities with a WBG corporate perspective in mind.
•    Create, Apply and Share Knowledge
Ensures systematic sharing of good practice and learning from lessons from across WBG, clients, and partners. Is known across WBG in their subject area and is sought out by WBG colleagues to advise, peer review, or contribute to knowledge products of others. Seeks mentoring opportunities with more experienced staff to deepen or strengthen their professional knowledge and mentors junior staff. Builds networks across the WBG and as part of external professional groups/networks.
•    Make Smart Decisions
Applies critical thinking and seeks inputs and experience from others to recommend a course of action consistent with the WBG’s strategy. Evaluates risk and anticipates the short and long term implications of decisions. Commits to a decision and takes action once a decision has been reached.

The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.